Letter: Tyranny of the majority
Has anyone noticed the perverse use of the 14th Amendment by the U.S. Supreme Court in the past several decades in expelling God from our public school systems?
The 14th Amendment was passed after the Civil War in particular to ensure equal treatment under the law for freed black slaves – a purpose that it was seldom diligently applied to, at least until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, and then it seems we moved quickly from 14th Amendment equal protection, to affirmative action.
Yet around this same time we find the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment being diligently applied – or if we are describing the quality of this diligence, perversely applied – in cases to remove prayer and scripture reading from our public schools, a free exercise of religion, which should have been protected by the First Amendment which should have been further strengthened by the Ninth and 10th Amendments. They did this in the name of protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority, where no tyranny was happening but someone’s hurt feelings.
Yet notice later, in the ban on teaching of Creation in public schools and support for teaching evolution, no such protection was given to the minority. Here there has been a clear tyranny of the majority. An amendment that was intended to guarantee men’s rights has been used to take them away. How perverse is that?